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Short answers for quick thinking

from By: Eva Sullivan

For 15 years, my day job has been teaching ESOL in public schools. Last fall, I began teaching adult literacy at a local community college and immediately noticed a difference. Adult learners often could not respond correctly to simple questions they actually understood. When asked, "Do you need a pencil?" they would answer, "Yes, I need" or they would hesitate too long to answer. Unlike in the classroom where the teacher is a well-trained professional, there is no wait time in the real world. My idea for a simple language lesson came from this experience. more

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